Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan.

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Robert Carlyle ... Don
Rose Byrne ... Scarlet
Jeremy Renner ... Doyle
Harold Perrineau ... Flynn
Catherine McCormack ... Alice
Idris Elba ... Stone
Imogen Poots ... Tammy
Mackintosh Muggleton ... Andy
Amanda Walker ... Sally
Shahid Ahmed Shahid Ahmed ... Jacob
Garfield Morgan ... Geoff
Emily Beecham ... Karen
Jordan El-Balawi Jordan El-Balawi ... Boy in Cottage (as Beans Balawi)
Meghan Popiel Meghan Popiel ... DLR Soldier
Stewart Alexander ... Military Officer
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Six challenging months after the horrific events of 28 Days Later... (2002), when the unstoppable Rage Virus decimated the entire city of London, the U.S. Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city. However, after the first wave of returning refugees, an unsuspecting carrier of the highly transmittable pathogen enters the dead city, and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection. Indeed, the virus is not yet dead, and this time, it is more dangerous than ever. Will the nightmare begin again? Written by Nick Riganas

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When days turn to weeks... See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for strong violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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The character of Doyle is a reference to the director of "28 Days Later," Danny Boyle. The name "Doyle" consists of the d from "Danny," and the "oyle" from Boyle, making Doyle. See more »

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The logos on top of the HSBC and Citigroup buildings vary from nonexistent to clearly visible. See more »

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[first lines]
Donald Harris: What are you going to cook?
Alice: Your favorite.
Donald Harris: What, again?
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Crazy Credits

Like the first film, there are no opening credits of any kind once the company logos have appeared. Also like the first film, the title of the film appears only as a descriptive subtitle. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is an alternate version when Andy is sitting in a subway station and a train comes with all his undead or uninfected family and he gets on but then it is a hallucination. See more »

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Referenced in Diminishing Returns: Tim Burton (2016) See more »

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Bullet from a Gun
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Written by John Murphy
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a good sequel of a decent horror movie
13 September 2007 | by symboltSee all my reviews

European horror movies used to be theatrical, low-budget and suffering from it, and badly edited. Like its predecessor, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later is nothing like that. I must say this is one of the best horror movies I have seen (and I have seen hundreds), for a number of reasons. Although the movie does juggle many clichés, it does so kind of skillfully, so that you can really expect to be surprised. Most importantly, however, the sequel is as good as the original, which is the greatest surprise of all in the horror genre.

The main gimmick here, like in the original, is a mix of the zombie theme and the killer virus theme. The zombies here are extremely hyped-up, not doped, and instead of being bent on eating the flesh of the living, they behave like rage-driven human beings stripped completely of their superego and ego, and left with the instinct to fight (and yes, as it's the result of a scientific experiment gone bad, the movie can be considered sci-fi). Perhaps due to the fact that this is an European movie, we get something markedly different from the Resident Evil franchise - here, in placed of Resident Evil's focus on showcasing pretty actresses and made-up high-tech, we are treated to a foreboding feeling of isolation and powerlessness in face of helplessness and doom. We get to see normal, everyday people and faces struggling to survive, when practically everyone around them can quickly become the embodiment of evil and destruction. 28 Weeks Later focuses a little more on some action elements than, say, on the question of how long people can uphold their morality and respect for their fellow woman in such peril, but still, this movie stands proudly as a horror flick. And, like I said, it is different - with its crisp visuals (unlike the music-video lushness of a lot of Hollywood film scare), haunting and memorable music and unaffected performances. There are some loopholes in the plot, of course (e.g. really not enough few safety precautions on the part of the military for such a dangerous epidemic potential), but the movie runs smoothly throughout, and even the child actors deliver.

There are better movies with a similar feel (such as Children of Men), but as a sequel to a decent horror movie, 28 Weeks Later certainly stands out. By the way, I think that watching 28 Weeks Later will be an especially scary experience for Londoners, as most of it is set in London. Londoners, beware.


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11 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,807,292, 13 May 2007

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$28,638,916

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